If you are tired of presenting your vegetables in the same old way, Steven has some creative new ways to display vegetables that will keep you coming back for more!
Instead of putting your veggies and dips in a bowl, why not try a small vase with dip in the bottom? Your guests can just pick up their veggies and the dipping is done. It's easy to replace the veggies as they run out, and your guests will be sure to comment on how fabulous it all looks.
If you want to create a garden theme for your event, it's easy to create a series of little vegetable dip gardens. All you need is a stainless steel container, preferably one with a plastic liner so that it is easy to clean, and a grouping of vegetables that you would plant in your garden. Alternate the colours of your vegetables and replenish as needed.
Steven is here to show us how we can still enjoy the spinach dip in a bread bowl, but without all the calories. Find a nice loaf of your favourite bread and slice off the top. Scoop out the insides. You can use the insides of the loaf as extras bites on the side, or you can save them for the next time a recipe calls for breadcrumbs. Fill the inside of your loaf with an assortment of vegetables, leaving room for a mason jar filled with spinach dip, or your favourite vegetable dip. Make sure your vegetables are a bit taller than the actual loaf of bread, or they will be tricky to get out.
This topiary was inspired by Jen Low's donut tree. It's a great way to display your vegetables and to impress your guests.
Basket Floral foam Decorative rocks Dowel cut to size (15" long) 8" foam disk to hold in place Foam ball (6") Plastic wrap Savoy Cabbage Floral Pins Tooth Picks
Cut floral foam to fit inside basket as snug as possible. Use decorative rocks to weigh down the foam. Place the 8" foam disk over top to hold the dowel in place. Place dowel into the centre of the foam, anchoring with glue if necessary. Cover the foam ball in plastic wrap. Remove the centre rib of the savoy cabbage leaves so that they are more flexible, and then attach to foam ball with floral pins so that you hide as much of the foam as possible. Attach veggies to the foam using tooth picks, and then place the ball on top of the dowling. You can use any kind of greenery at the base of your "veggie tree" to create the look of grass. We used parsley, but you could use another herb, or alfalfa sprouts, or even a bunch of broccoli florets.
You can prepare the foam ball and the cabbage covering the night before. You can also prep all your veggies so that all you have to do the day of is assemble everything together.
All of the supplies for the topiary can be found at your local arts and crafts store.